Phoenix Suns (23-18) vs. Dallas Mavericks (24-18)
Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks 1/24/24 – On Wdenesday as the Phoenix Suns prepare to face off against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center, excitement in the NBA world is mounting. Both teams come into this clash boasting impressive records; Suns at 23-18 while Mavericks sit just a step higher at 24-18. Not just a regular season encounter but an opportunity for free NBA advice seekers will find this matchup particularly captivating given its close standings and potential playoff ramifications.
The Phoenix Suns have been an impressive force this season, scoring an average of 116.1 points per game and boasting impressive field goal and three-point percentages (48.4% and 37.6%, respectively). Furthermore, their ball movement skills were highlighted with 26.2 assists per game and their defensive efforts included an average of 7.2 steals and 6 blocks per game – although their turnover rate (13.8 per game could pose some concerns against a formidable team like Dallas.
On the other side, Dallas Mavericks have edged out Phoenix Suns in scoring, averaging 118.5 points per game on average and leaning heavily on three-point shooting with an average of 15.1 three-point field goals made per game compared to 47.24% by Suns; although their field goal percentage trailing that of Suns could prove decisive. Furthermore, Dallas Mavericks average fewer turnovers (11.7) than Suns.
Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks 1/24/24 Game Info
|Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at 8:30 PM ET
|American Airlines Center
|NBA League Pass
Kevin Durant (PF) vs. Luka Doncic (PG)
Kevin Durant has turned in an outstanding season in his first year with Phoenix, averaging 28.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. He remains one of the league’s most talented and versatile scorers, with the ability to shoot from all three levels and beat defenders in isolation situations. Durant will provide a stern test for Dallas’ defense. The one weakness he has shown this year is a slight decline in three-point shooting percentage.
Luka Doncic is putting together an MVP-caliber campaign, leading Dallas in points (33.6 ppg), rebounds (8.3 rpg) and assists (9.2 apg). He has taken on an even heavier offensive load and remains efficient in doing so. Doncic can score from all over the court, whether driving to the rim or pulling up from deep. His combination of size, shooting and playmaking makes him a problem for any defense. Slowing Doncic down will be crucial if Phoenix hopes to leave Dallas with a victory.
When these two superstars match up, fireworks are sure to follow. Both are incredibly gifted one-on-one scorers who can also create for teammates. While Durant has the edge in pure scoring ability, Doncic’s passing gives him an advantage as a playmaker. Expect plenty of buckets when they line up against each other.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds for this game are eagerly anticipated, with both teams closely matched in performance. Bettors should pay close attention to the Moneyline and point spread once they are announced, as these will offer deeper insights into the expected game dynamics.
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns have gone 4-1 SU and 2-3 ATS over their last 5 games. Though they’ve been winning games, they have struggled recently to cover spreads. On the road this season, the Suns are right around .500 ATS at 9-9. Totals-wise, 2 of the Suns’ last 5 contests have gone OVER the posted total. That trend also fits their recent history of high-scoring games, as 14 of Phoenix’s previous 23 games have finished OVER the total.
Dallas Mavericks Betting Trends
Over their last 5 games, the Dallas Mavericks have gone 2-3 both SU and ATS. So while Dallas has won fewer games recently, they have had strong performances against the spread. On the season, the Mavericks have been extremely reliable for bettors at home, going 12-8 ATS in home games. Looking at totals, 2 of the Mavs’ previous 5 games have gone OVER. That reflects their overall home scoring trends, as totals have finished OVER in 12 of Dallas’ past 22 contests at American Airlines Center.
Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks 1/24/24 Betting Picks
Considering the stats and trends, this matchup promises to be a closely contested affair. Both teams have strong offensive capabilities, but turnovers and defensive plays could be the deciding factors. For bettors seeking premium game day picks, the key will be to monitor the spread and Moneyline closely once they are released.
In terms of picks, while the Suns show strength, the Mavericks’ ability to control turnovers and their proficiency in three-point shooting might give them a slight edge, especially playing at home. Prop bets focusing on individual performances of Durant and Doncic could be interesting, given their pivotal roles in their respective teams. The over/under will largely depend on the announced total, but given both teams’ tendencies, a higher-scoring game seems likely.
Free Pick and Prediction: Dallas Mavericks 120, Phoenix Suns 115.